Thursday, February 21, 2008

Friday's interesting runners

A few interesting runners at Warwick tomorrow, although no betting propositions to tempt. The opening juvenile hurdle looks quite hot with Flat recruits Metaphoric and Morning Farewell both catching the eye. The two previous winners in the field, Bantry Bere and Prideus, carry a penalty but command respect. On Racing Post ratings Hope Road has a bit to find with a few of these but he ran well last time to finish second at Plumpton on desperate going, having conceded a fair amount of ground at the start. The horse is priced up at 16/1 in tonight's Racing Post tissue - I'll check owner Andrew 'Bert' Black's blog tomorrow before deciding whether to have a small each-way interest.

In the 2.35 Sir Harry Ormesher's run behind Deep Purple is good form. Kia Kaha and Backstage are others to look out for. The distance of two miles three furlongs is something of an unknown for several in the field.

On official ratings Amber Brook will take the beating in the 3.45 while Arnold Layne returns in the next having fallen last time out and in the process put champion jockey Tony McCoy in hospital. That slip-up was out of character; at the time AL was travelling well in third and looked a player so he's likely to have a decent chance in this less competitive event. Connections have chosen to run here rather than go for Saturday's Eider Chase at Newcastle.

Paul Nicholls has put the current Arkle favourite Noland in Sandown's 3.30 with a view to giving the horse more jumping experience - anything less than a facile win will be seen as a big disappointment.

1 comment:

GeeDee said...

In the opener Mataphoric (13/8f) beat Prideus two lengths. Bantry Bere came in fourth and Hope Road (9/1) sixth after being hampered at the third. Morning Farewell (16/1) fell at the third.
In the 2.35 Kia Kaha was a non-runner. Sir Harry Ormesher (2/5f) beat Backstage.
Both Amber Brook (11/10f) and Arnold Layne (11/8f) obliged while Paul Nicholls' Noland (1/4f) held My Petra by one and a half lengths at the line.